The SSTs in the Gulf have been running perhaps 2 deg F above pre 1970 values. Warm waters also extend across the tropical Atlantic north of the equator in the region favored for hurricanes, and hence the recent NOAA forecast for an above average hurricane season (although the La Nina is fading and will likely be over by August, so there may be more competition from the Pacific).
Of those 2 degrees F, 1 can be assigned to human influence.
– Kevin Trenberth NCAR Director
Sea surface temperatures around the US are running well below normal, with the most anomalously cold water in the Gulf of Mexico at 2C below normal.
Land temperatures in the US have also been below normal. One might think that the director of NCAR would check basic weather information before spreading misinformation to the press?